The GB Lions Men’s National Team rounded out their European Championships campaign with success – a convincing 33-16 victory against the #5 seeds, Denmark.
It was a particularly strong showing from the GB defence, with stand out plays once again from Josh Amis on both D and Special Teams, as well as an explosive return to action for Dan Conroy, who missed the first two fixtures of the tourney due to injury, but found paydirt almost immediately out of the GB backfield! You can find a full recap of the game over at AmericanFootballInternational.com
While there were some concerns within the Britball community that GB had looked simply outclassed during their group stage games against Finland and France (28-7 and 42-9 losses respectively), with the GB offence unable to register an offensive touchdown, their dominant outing against Denmark gave the impression GB may have faired much better if they’d managed to clinch the #5 seed instead in the build-up to the tournament, and more favourable games against the likes of Sweden and Austria – Finland and France having each gone on to clinch 3rd and 1st place respectively – ‘Group B’ winning all three of the placement fixtures on the final day of the tournament.
All-in-all the Euros campaign has done a great job of highlighting both the on and off-field talent available in the British game, but also the need for continued development for the National Teams programme, which saw something of an overhaul this year with the re-introduction of the U19/U17 GB Lions. Great Britain has proven it has the talent to be competitive on the international stage, but still has a fair way to go to return to the dominance its shown in previous decades.
Hopes are we’ll continue to see the Lions rise up the international ranks in coming years.
Standout performances from the tournament included Josh Amis who continued his habit of making big plays on a big stage, creating a number of highlight reel plays throughout the tournament including GB’s lone TD from game one with a pick six, as well as a 103 yd kickoff return for a score to continue the pressure on Denmark in the Lions’ final outing.
MVP GBR Joshua Amis pic.twitter.com/3H7gummoxe
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